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It's no surprise that we love all things weddings - and are happy to announce (or remind, depending on how long you've been following us!) that we are Wedding Chicks approved!!
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2018 is ramping up and there's no shortage on lucky gals getting engaged to the man of their dreams! We've had an influx of bookings for this coming year and some dates are already booked solid, so contact us soon to avoid disappointment. Remember - your photos will last a lifetime - make sure you feel like a million bucks in all of them!
I'm always asked what I think about lash extensions, so I thought I'd bare it all and do a blog post about it. I imagine I may get a bit of flack, but I'm going for it anyways.
I don't like them.
There. I said it. Feels good.
As an artist, I like to be able to control certain situations that I'm in when it comes to a client's makeup. Now, that being said, I am probably one of the most easy-going artists out there. I never really have a 'concrete' idea of what I'll do for any given client, and for a lot of it, I just create as I go. I work with their skin tone and skin type, and I adjust as needed until the desired affect is achieved.
Imagine working on a project, and being told you can only use a black magic marker for the art portion. Even worse, it's a black permanent marker. Ummm, what? I need to sketch something ever so slightly, do some proper shading and I have the darkest, most indelible tool to work with? No bueno.
Now that may have been dramatic.
Depending on how they are applied, lash extensions can be way too long, way too thick, and at times, really unrealistic. They have a mind of their own and can spin or turn - the worst is when you have a rogue lash that cannot be tamed. It's inevitable that shadow will fall on the lashes as you complete your eye makeup, and the lashes will be forever grey, as it's not recommended to apply regular mascara on them. If you do insist on having them, please purchase the mascara that is compatible with them so that we can tweak them as we need to.
I know that most adhesives are safe for the eye area, as well as the lashes. But keep in mind, an additional lash and adhesive on your own natural lash (and I'm talking 1:1 here), is a lot of stress on your natural fringe. While it's 100% true that our lashes shed naturally, and follow the hair growth cycle like other parts of our bodies, losing lashes and extensions is a lot more obvious. It's like a vicious cycle - they will fall out (or break off), but because the neighbouring lash is amped next to it, the gap it's left is all the more noticeable.
Now, I'm not totally hating on lash extensions - I've seen some absolutely beautiful lashes - thin and wispy, delicate and fluffy looking. If you have your heart set on lash extensions - do it! All I ask is that you do your due diligence with research and choose a certified specialist that works with your natural lash to perfect your look with the least amount of damage possible.
I much prefer working with a client's natural lash and apply a false lash when needed. False lashes have come a long way from when I first started wearing them, and can range from the most natural wispy effects to all out drama. The main concerns we hear from clients is that false lashes can be uncomfortable, or they fear them falling off throughout the day. Both very realistic concerns. But fear not - we are professionals! I've done thousands—yes, thousands—of false lash applications, and can remember a handful of times when a client asked me to remove them. So I'll take that one for the books that it all depends on how they were applied, how long they were, the amount of adhesive used etc.
At One Fine Beauty, most of us stock two types of lashes in our kit that tend to suit most eye shapes - one natural and one slightly more dramatic.
I'll post a few photos of our current selection of lashes, for full info and pricing, visit our False Lashes page!
So I'm back from my sunny San Francisco adventure, and I truthfully cannot make a trip to the States without some time spent at Ulta Beauty. I love Ulta for many reasons, but especially because it's like a drugstore and Sephora blended into one! I think it's important to be able to see both sides of makeup together, so you can swatch in one department, and find a dupe, if you'd like, in the other (makes my life easier!). They also always seem to offer tons of gift with purchases *my favourite* My first trip there was a quick-ish one, as it's not an ideal place to bring your 5 year old son, but I did manage to get some cool products before my time was up!
Kinda hard to see everything in this pic, so I will go one by one and let you know what I think about them all :) Most are available in Canada anyways, but I will be noting US pricing.
Starting from left to right:
Tarte "Lights, Camera, Lashes" 4 -in-1 Mascara - it was the "Deal of the Day", so it was $10USD...nearly fainted! I often talk about my love affair with Maybelline mascara, but when given the opportunity to purchase a prestige brand at this pricing, why not?? I had originally tried this mascara a couple of years ago in a deluxe Sephora sample pack, and I really did love it. Made my lashes thick and full, but not tons of length. Overall a nice, volumizing mascara, and not clumpy (I actually used the Sephora coupon enclosed in the sample box and redeemed for this mascara). One thing, I dislike the packaging - it has got a weird snake-skin, stitched pleather exterior; a little gimmicky and not a fan of that.
L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H - $9.99, (buy one, get one half price) - So naturally I bought two! I love cream liners and use them on nearly every single client. I love the black, as it's a lot deeper and richer in colour than a lot of department store brands, and it lasts...oh boy, does it last! I always make sure to have a few "Bronze" on hand as well, as I use those most often as a base for my smokey eye looks.
Kardashian Beauty Dry Shampoo - $13.29USD - Admittedly, I am NOT a Kardashian fan, but they do have great hair, right?? (except for that current platinum horror show) Sigh... I love dry shampoos, I have tried so many. But this one didn't do much for my hair, didn't 'revive it's style' like it claimed, and didn't seem to put any texture into my hair. The nozzle on it didn't allow for it to be sprayed easily at my roots (the spray was too 'wide'). And the smell - ack! It was way to strong - back to the store, it went.
NYX V'Amped Up Lip Top Coat - $6.99USD - so essentially this is a glossy black chubby lip pencil. If you wear it alone (who would?? I mean matte black, yes), but this is a bit patchy. It is intended to be able to "vamp" up some of your existing lip colours. Cool pinks turn to deeper cooler, mauve tones, cool reds into vampy, burgundy reds. It's actually pretty neat and can change a lot of your colours with only one product. I did try with a neutral pink/brown colour, and it did look a bit like mud, so don't do that lol... but a kinda cool product for less than $7. Here's an example of what it does:
L to R : MAC Powerhouse (top, alone; bottom with V'amped Up Lip Top Coat)
MAC Viva Glam Gaga (top, alone; bottom with)
NYX V'amped Up Lip Top Coat - alone
NYX Butter Gloss - $4.99USD (buy one get one half price) - this is my FAVE gloss at the moment. Love the non-sticky texture, the medium coverage, the scent, the wearability. It reminds me a lot of MAC Cremesheen glass. Some interesting info: MAC's Cremesheen Glass is listed at $23 for 0.09 US fl oz; NYX Butter Gloss is $4.99USD (or $7.99CAD at Rexall) for 0.23 oz. That's wild - 1/3 of the price for most than twice as much?? NYX all the way!
So there you have it - a fairly tame #UltaHaul visit for me, but still was able to pick up a few of my favourites. With the dollar exchange being so rotten right now, it's probably not a bad thing to scale back a bit!
** At the time of this posting, only the Dry Shampoo was not available in Canada...NBD.